It is almost unfair to say we have updated our play room since this room is the most metamorphosed space in the house. And it has always been. Remember how we were all about triangles in the old house with first a pop of yellow and later in combination with vintage? And in the new house we have changed around a few things in less than a year like bringing in the lounger for the kids to chill and read on after school.

If there is a room in the house that can handle this change, it is a space for children since they grow every day and as they do, so do their preferences. We try to create spaces that the children can grow into, not out of.

At home, we had a storage issue. So one thing was sure and that is that we needed to install some shelves for the Lego. On my wish list were the Ikea Ivar cabinets. The plain light wood will go with nearly anything, making them sleek, versatile and practical (in that order only).

Another thing on my wish list was using the color Elegant Blue from Jotun. Changing a wall is hands down the easiest way to completely change the vibe of the room. In a rental house it can be daunting, knowing the day will come you will have to change it again. But it is worth the hassle since life is too short to live in a house that does not feel like your home.
An option would have been to paint the cabinets in the same color, making them blend in more yet we chose to keep the wood as it is.

Since the reading lounger was a succes, I did not want to take it away yet I was ready for a change. Lucky for me (and the boys) I visited a new interior shop, The Den, here in Dubai,  that had a fantastic new option. This one being a simple pallet with a cover. The material of the cover is of a beautiful linen, just like the cushioning. Result: me happy, boys happy, everybody happy.

Playroom 2.0 (or should I say, 5.0) has been inaugurated and approved. For the coming season, we will try and keep it as it is which won’t be hard as we all love this new look.

Product details:
Cabinets from IKEA | Knitted Blanket from Repose AMS | Linen Throw by Kate & Kate Home | Bench & Cushions: BedandPhilosophy via The Den Concept | Pufferfish Print by My Deer | Basket from Serena & Lily | Pillow by Natti Natti | Blue paint from Jotun

Styling Live Loud Girl | Photography Natelee Cocks

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Welcome to the warm and wonderful world of velvet. Velvet is major must have for fall, both in fashion and interior design. We already spotted a lot of this lush material during the Milan Design Week and are happy to see it is taking the stage. Herefore, we’ve been keep our eye out for key pieces to add to our wardrobes and interior. Check out our top picks below.

We love the new Tondo sofa that Rolf Benz is launching during the Dubai Down Town Design. It is sleek, soft  and luxe and makes us want to cuddle up.  During the Milan Design Week last April, we already fell in love with the velvet Birdie from their Hulsta NOW! range and we think the love is mutual.

The new Subtropics collection from Kip & Co also has a range of gorgeous velvet cushions.  We can’t get the pine grey,  lead and sherbet  off of our minds.

One of the shops that is always on our list back home is Sissy Boy. Their vintage inspired chair makes our heart jump a beat.

1. Cushion covers from Kip & Co | 2. Birdie by NOW! Hulsta | 3. Sofa by Rolf Benz | 4. Top by Zara | 5. Sneakers via Namshi | 6. Pouf via Femkeido | 7. Vintage inspired chair by Sissy Boy | 8. Cushion cover from Kip & Co




These are the months that we call autumn. Even though temperatures in Dubai are still pretty summery, we realize the countdown has begun. A change of a season is the perfect time to rearrange things around in your house. For us that is changing from post-summer beach vibes to a more cosy and homey feel to embrace the last three months of this year.

Making your house ready for a new season does not have to imply changing your furniture. It is merely about changing the atmosphere which you can do in many ways. We had the chance to work with Carpet Centre to try some new styles in my home to see how you can create a different style by just changing our rug.

As rug enthusiasts, we were so happy to work with the Carpet Centre on this revamp. They have a vast collection ranging from classic Persian hand woven rugs to more modern styles. 

In the Carpet Centre showroom we totally fell for the traditional style. We are in the Middle East and embrace the local style. One is a Persian rug in beige tones and we also love a similar one in grey. Although these rug is very classic, the colors give the room a very minimalistic, scandi feel yet the pattern and structure keep it warm. The clean look makes it easy to combine the rug with different materials, styles and colors. We did feel a pop of color was necessary. Luckily, the rug was not the only new family member in the house. A lush banana plant has brought in the essential green. Some more greenery in the smaller pots complements the total. 

A more modern style was created with a gorgeous gold touched cow hide. This unique item gives the room a very contemporary feel. The size makes us want to create a smaller, cozier area around it. Some color is added in the cabinet to freshen it up and with this it is a very pleasant alternative to a traditional rug. 

As you might know by now, we endorse change. If you feel inspired to give a room in your house another feel, try to bring in or change a rug and add some items to complement the color and style. It’s that simple.

The rugs we used are currently available at Carpet Centre. Visit the website as they have a massive collection of styles, sizes and materials.
Because no one ever said: I have too many rugs.

Styling Live Loud Girl | Photography Natelee Cocks

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liveloudgirl280916_good-56You might know we’re already a fan of Kate & Kate Home. The sisters (in law) have an exquisite taste in fabrics, colors and styles, making us big fans.

Their newest collection is not only beautifully shot, the products are right up our street. From bedding with just the right dose of boho to linen cushions that make you want to buy a beach house just to go with it.

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